Hello - as you can see I am new to the forum. I am 39 yrs old, in decent shape - 6'1m 200 lbs. Im a pretty avid runner but it is starting to take its toll on my feet and knees. I want to start riding a bike to excercise, and replace 2-3 days per week with biking instead of running.
That being said - where I live in PA has great places to ride a bike. Much of my area is paved, but some is ash, tar and pitch - or crappy roads - others are paved beautifully. I will also be riding "down the shore" in NJ on the boardwalk, and all over town. Some of the area is somewhat hilly - but not to bad. I would say that majority of riding will be on roads, with trails and poor tar and pitch roads mixed in.
I didnt want a mountain bike - but I also didnt think I wanted a true road bike. It seemed that a Cyclocross bike was a good compromise and woud also also allow me to take it off the road and onto trails more (which my area has plenty of)
Did I choose poorly? I ordered this bike today - but I can still change my mind.
Seems to be a good bike for road riding and trail riding.
I was thinking of getting a second set of wheels/tires for any longer rides on the road.
I am kind of second guessing my choice and thinking of getting a pure road bike - but who knows.....
I am not going to get 2 bikes (for the time being) - so some sort of compromise seems best.
Also - at some point, I would like to try a few sprint triathalons - but the bike part isnt all that long so I assume I could still use this bike - or - pony up and buy another...and get my wife mad!!!
Any advice is appreciated